Thursday 27 September 2012
The Football Association has handed Chelsea captain John Terry a four-match ban after a four-day Independent Regulatory Commission hearing at Wembley.
The Commission found a charge of misconduct against the 31-year-old defender proven and has also given Terry a fine of £220,000, pending an appeal.
A statement on the Football Association website read: "The Football Association charged Mr Terry on Friday 27 July 2012 with using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards Queens Park Rangers' Anton Ferdinand and which included a reference to colour and/or race contrary to FA Rule E3 in relation to the Queens Park Rangers FC versus Chelsea FC fixture at Loftus Road on 23 October 2011."
Terry has the right to appeal against the ruling, which must be lodged within 14 days from receipt of the written reasons for the decision.
The statement added: "The penalty is suspended until after the outcome of any appeal, or the time for appealing expires, or should Mr Terry decide not to appeal."
Chelsea also released a statement on their website which read: "Chelsea Football Club notes and respects today's decision by the Football Association regarding John Terry.
"We also recognise that John has the right to appeal that decision. It is therefore inappropriate for us to comment further on the matter at this time."